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Hayden tops wet first practice at Valencian GP

Hayden tops wet first practice at Valencian GP

The first free MotoGP™ free practice session for the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana saw Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden top the timesheet on a rain-hit track in front of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo

As the rain came down at the Spanish circuit, Hayden looked a cut above the rest as he posted a time of 1.44’485, which was over one second clear of his nearest pursuer Pedrosa on board his Repsol Honda Team machine. Yamaha Factory Racing’s recently crowned World Champion Lorenzo was a further four tenths down on Pedrosa, with the pair looking set to engage in anther fierce battle come race day.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso set the fourth fastest time of the morning, with his closest pursuer being San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, who will be looking to defend fifth place in the championship this weekend. Following Bautista is surprise inclusion Aleix Espargaró on board his Power Electronics Aspar CRT machine, proving that the bike can be highly competitive in a more level wet setting.

Hayden’s teammate Valentino Rossi did not fare as well as the American, finishing the session seventh over two seconds off the top. He was followed by Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, Espargaró’s teammate Randy de Puniet, and Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison was and early crasher, followed by Yamaha’s replacement rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga. Both riders were unhurt in the incidents. Italian rider Claudio Corti also made his GP debut on board Avintia Blusens’ Inmotec chassis. He has also been confirmed as teammate to NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards for next season.


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